16: YP Perspective – The Changing Landscape of Media + Journalism

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On the episode of UCYP, Mary Willson joins Megan + Tim for a conversation on the changing landscape of media + journalism, elevating the community voice and hard work.

Show Notes

  • Innovation in digital media news through content curation: personalized media made for the busy person
  • Need for media to be collaborative, to elevate the community voice through creating conversation
  • Importance of media being unbiased and objective
  • The changing landscape of media + journalism
  • Still great value in longform journalism in print + digital media, including podcasts
  • Opinion pieces in media to start a conversation towards change
  • Finding balance in differing generational approaches to journalism
  • Accessibility to resources is so much greater now, but there are still “analog” skills and experiences that add incredible value
  • Challenge of not losing oneself (identity + individuality) in an overly-connected world +culture of consumption
  • Many younger YPs have never known true boredom due to easy accessibility to technology – i.e. social media, smart phones, etc.
  • Maintaining quality listening in a rapid-fire, sound-byte world
  • When you contribute, lead with quality + authenticity, not ego
  • Be intentional as you build your personal brand on social
  • Know your passion and put in the necessary hard work to align your career and purpose
  • Discovering your identity, setting goals, staying humble and mentoring others

Guest Bio – Mary Willson was on the founding team of GVLtoday, and has served as a producer and engagement editor. She’s launching AVLtoday in February 2018, and is excited to bring innovative media to Asheville. She moved to Greenville in April 2016 after graduating from Colorado State University in 2015 with a degree in communication studies and sociology. Before moving, she worked as a digital producer for the Fort Collins Coloradoan (part of the USAtoday network), working with social media strategy and multimedia projects. Before that, she worked as a freelance music writer, hosted a radio show, and interned at a local NPR station, an alt. weekly, and a handful of non-profits. She is in Leadership Greenville class of 44 and volunteers at Greenville Literacy Association.

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15: UCYP – Whose Dream Is It?

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Megan and Tim have an Uphill Conversation on dreams – why people have trouble identifying their dreams and determine if the dream you’re pursuing is truly your own.

Show Notes: 

  • 4 reasons people why people have trouble identifying their dreams
  • Comfort can be something that stops us from pursuing our dreams
  • Having courage and confidence to go after your dream
  • When someone else owns your dream v. you owning your dream
  • It can be difficult to realize that you aren’t where you’re meant to be; to change direction and to do it without fear
  • “Whatever you think, be sure it is what you think; whatever you want, be sure that it is what you want; whatever you feel, be sure that it is what you feel.” – T.S. Eliot
  • Steps to take ownership of your dreams:
    • Be willing to bet on yourself
    • Lead your life instead of accepting your life
    • Love what you do and do what you love
    • Don’t compare yourself or your dream to others
    • Believe in your vision for the future even when others don’t understand you
  • You need to make the right decisions and manage those decisions
  • Begin with the end in mind, be intentional
  • Allow yourself to shift
  • Just because you can do something, or that you’re good at something, doesn’t mean that it’s what your ultimately meant to do
  • You need both talent and passion to truly achieve your potential
  • “I can’t give you my passion, but I can show it to you.”
  • What someone else thinks about you is none of your business
  • If you need to daily talk others into your dream, it might be an indication that this relationship isn’t meant to be
  • No matter your age, you can still make the changes necessary to pursue your dream

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14: YP Perspective – What type of Vocal Art are you creating?

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Listen as we discuss vocal art and the power of our words in this great conversation with Jonathan Parker. He believes there is artwork in curiosity, asking great questions, listening and sharing.

Show Notes:

  • We are all artists + conversations are our artwork
  • What would happen, how could we change the world, if we took our words more seriously?
  • Curiosity is the canvas of all of our artwork
  • We must define what we believe about ourselves and stay accountable to those beliefs.
  • Our lives are filled with others telling us what we believe – we end up being “counterfeit artists.”
  • We are not defined by our work. The work exists because of us.
  • Self-reflection can be scary. One must grow in self-awareness: seek to understand why they do the things they do
  • You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with – are these the right people?
  • Prescribed authenticity versus true authenticity
  • Everyone desires the opportunity to communicate + the respect to be heard (no matter your age, gender, race or heritage)
  • Important for YPs to create margin (space + time) to discover what they truly want, what they believe, not what you were raised to want and believe.
  • Social media is a powerful tool but gives a false impression of connection and conversation
  • Need to shift from actively responding to actively listening
  • Millennials grow up being told what they should be, then come to a point where they are lost – they’ve never stopped to think what they WANT to be, themselves
  • No conversation is a throwaway – people remember you based on every individual interaction
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to refine your art, to constantly improve

Guest Bio: Jonathan Parker is a creative thought-leader and influencer who has a captivating story about why the Art of the Conversation became important to him. Originally from New England, Jonathan did not speak until almost five years old; and then became an adult who is known for engaging conversations and powerful public speaking. His own journey led him to research and value the incredible power of intentional conversations resulting in a compelling training around this topic that he takes to businesses and nonprofit organizations with great success.

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